Lawrie Ignacio

Associate professor

Areas of Focus: Objective Personality Assessment

Phone: 808-791-5245



  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, The Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Honolulu, HI, 2004.
  • MA, Philosophy, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH, 1990.
  • BA, English, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 1987.


Lawrie A. Ignacio, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in English Literature from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. She received her Master's Degree (M.A.) in Philosophy from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. In 2004, she earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology from The Hawai`i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (HSPP). Dr. Ignacio is currently the Associate Chair of the Clinical Psychology Program at HSPP. In her role as Associate Professor, she teaches courses that focus on assessment, psychodynamic theory and therapy, and humanistic/existential theory and therapy. Dr. Ignacio was the 2009 recipient of the Hawaiʻi Psychological Association's Instructor of the Year Award, as well as Argosy University, Hawaiʻi’s 2008 recipient of the Teacher of the Year Award. Her professional interests and activities include adult psychotherapy, clinical assessment, and the teaching of psychology.


  • Objective Personality Assessment.
  • Projective Assessment.
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Humanistic/Existential Psychotherapy


  • American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Hawaii Psychological Association (HPA).
  • APA Division 5: Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics.
  • APA Division 29: Division of Psychotherapy.
  • APA Division 32: Humanistic Psychology, APA Division 39: Division of Psychoanalysis.

Selected Publications

  • Nguyen, A., Acklin, M.W., Fuger, K., Gowensmith, N., & Ignacio, L., & Lowe, S. (2011). Freedom in paradise: Quality of conditional release reports submitted to the Hawaii Judiciary. International Journal of Psychiatry and Law, 34, 341-348.
  • Fuger, K., Acklin, M.W., Gowensmith, W., & Ignacio, L. (in press). Sanity in Paradise: Quality of Criminal Responsibility Reports Submitted to the Hawaii Judiciary, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.

Selected Presentations

  • Sidun, N.M. (Chair), Salvador, D., Goya, L., Komori, L.A.C., Ignacio, L.A. (2004). Research informs clinicians about unique aspects of Hawai'i’s diverse population. Hawai'i Psychological Association: Psychology, Policy and Practice, 2004 Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gowensmith, N., Ignacio, L., Pedro, D.K., Lichton, A., Bieda, E. (2006). Development of a statewide forensic mental health system. Paper presentation at the annual convention of the Hawai'i Psychological Association. Honolulu, HI.

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